ON SALE: Phil Vassar, The Harlem Gospel Choir, Jeffrey Gaines, Fastball

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014 • 8:00 pm

A career that has seen the release of eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards and the launch of his own Rodeowave Entertainment label continues to expand and evolve.  Do not miss his debut performance at Infinity Hall!

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The Harlem Gospel Choir

Saturday, December 28th • 8:00 pm

The Harlem Gospel Choir is America’s premier gospel choir known for sharing its joy of faith and its message of love and inspiration with people around the world.  The Choir’s voices reflect the renaissance of Harlem’s culture and the New York spirit of gospel.  Their rich harmonies and dynamic sound in our Hall will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit to angelic heights and take your breath away!

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Thursday, December 19th • 8:00 pm

Since Jeffrey Gaines’ self-titled debut was released, this expressive and dynamic singer, guitarist, and songwriter has been heralded for his soul-searching confessional lyrics and his powerful live performances that will rock the Infinity stage!

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Thursday, December 5th • 8:00 pm

Between their recent tunes and a celebrated catalog chock full of timeless rock n’ roll that always exudes a clever pop sensibility, Fastball’s future on the road is certainly poised to provide yet another storied chapter.  Welcome them to the Infinity stage!

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The Duhks

duhks2013By Emily Edelman

In the early and mid-2000s, my musical life became fraught with neo-traditional and acoustic roots styles. Fortunately that wasn’t a huge problem because I am a big fan of the stuff (remind me to discuss my Celtic and sea shanty obsessions at some other point), but there was a lot of it to wade through. I sometimes got a little lost in the large number of CDs I had to listen to and just wanted to hear something familiar.

The Duhks caught my attention in 2005 with the release of their self-titled album. At that time I always listened to a new record from beginning to end because I felt the artist ordered the songs that way for a reason, but I noticed that the final track on The Duhks was a cover of Sting’s “Love Is the Seventh Wave” and felt an exception was necessary. I’ve written before about my deep love for good cover tunes and how I prefer them to be different enough from the original so as to be able to stand on their own, and the Duhks’ version of “Love Is the Seventh Wave” was just what I wanted.

Like many bands the members of the Duhks have dealt with their share of personnel changes and differences of opinion, but they have recently come out of semi-retirement to tour again and should have new material on the way soon. The Duhks will bring their blend of acoustic, roots, and world music to Infinity Hall on November 3.  Click here to buy your tickets!

The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill

tubeswebcalendar2013By Emily Edelman

I was looking at a (more or less complete) list of singles by the Tubes and it seems to me that that number of songs would fit perfectly into two live sets. Brilliant­—a fan could attend a concert and hear all of their favorite songs. Artists want to keep fans happy by playing songs that those fans want to hear but, if the same songs are played at every show, the shows get stale and the artists get bored.

If an artist has a huge back catalog, there is less pressure on them to play every hit at every show because there just isn’t enough time. Fans realize this, I think, and expect that they won’t hear everything but, if an artist has a somewhat smaller output, the expectation can be that every “good” song must be played or the show isn’t worth it. And most musicians write many more songs than simply the ones that become popular so a dilemma can sometimes pose itself: how can a show be formatted so that it keeps fans happy without becoming monotonous?

What a wonderful thing it is to not have that problem. The Tubes were well known for their flamboyant, boisterous, and sometimes shocking shows and even now, 40 or so years after their debut, a typical (if that word even applies) concert includes several costume changes and characterizations from frontman Fee Waybill and, of course, the high-energy, provocative tunes the band is known for. In this age where visual stimulation flows in at an alarming pace, I can watch the onstage antics of other bands with elaborate, eye-popping stage shows and know just who influenced them to conceptualize their art.

I know people who attend Tubes gigs in large part because of the intensity and force of the shows themselves. I’ll be following their lead and checking out the Tubes at Infinity Hall on November 2.  Tickets are still available for this show!

David Bromberg

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Like many people I grew up listening to the music my parents liked. My father was a big fan of folk and country troubadours of the late 1960s and early 1970s like John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Gordon Lightfoot so I had a lot of exposure to guitar-picking musical storytellers.

As I got a little older and started paying attention to things like liner notes and song credits, I noticed that many of my father’s records had a certain contributor in common: David Bromberg. Fast-forward to the mid-1990s and one of my favorite contemporary folk albums: David Bromberg’s name was all over it as producer, engineer, and contributing musician. I finally sought out his music and was pleased to find that it fit right in with the music I’d loved growing up.

Though my experience with David Bromberg’s music was mostly via the work of other artists, I respected him and I think that began because so many of the musicians I liked did, too. I learned that he’s a great songwriter and performer in his own right, knitting together thoughtful and often humorous lyrics with intricate guitar work. I have yet to see him live, but that will change soon as he will be appearing at Infinity Hall on October 26.  Tickets for his show are still available!

Tim Reynolds and TR3

Tim and TR3By Emily Edelman

In my world Tim Reynolds is best known as the lead guitarist in the Dave Matthews Band so I was interested to see so few references to it on his website. Oh, they’re there, of course, but I had to do a little bit of hunting to find them.

Tim Reynolds’ music career has lasted for about 35 years. He’s an incredibly talented guitarist who has played with the aforementioned Dave Matthews Band, done plenty of solo work and touring, and fronts his electric trio, TR3. And he’s also a multi-instrumentalist, playing keyboards, drums, bass, sitar, and mandolin (among others) as well as the guitar.

What I like most about Tim Reynolds’ website is exactly the same thing that I like least about it: it’s understated. It gives the reader a sense of the depth and success and variety of Tim Reynolds’ career, but it doesn’t quite convey the powerhouse that the man is in concert. If you’ve seen Tim Reynolds play before, chances are you’ve seen him more than once: no two concerts are the same due to his improvisation and constant testing of the music. Tim Reynolds and TR3 return to Infinity Hall on October 24.  Tickets are still available!

ON SALE: Steve Earle, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Celtic Crossroads, 7 Below and IBIS

steveearlwebcalendar2013Steve Earle

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 • 8:00 pm

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. Welcome him back to Infinity Hall!

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Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes

Friday, December 27th • 8:00 pm

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are a Jersey Shore musical group led by Southside Johnny. They have been recording albums since 1976 and are closely associated with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.  Check them out at Infinity right before the New Year!

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Celtic Crossroads

Sunday, March 16th • 7:30 pm

Just when you think that you have seen the best that Irish music has to offer, a fresh new show from Ireland is taking the art form to an entirely new level. Celtic Crossroads presents Irish music like never before, set to do to Irish music what River Dance has done to Irish dance.  A perfect way to start your St. Paddy’s Day celebration!

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7 Below: A Tribute to Phish and IBIS

Sunday, March 16th • 7:30 pm

Playing accurate compositions and patient jams, 7 Below skews the timeline of Phish’s many eras.  From short, tight rock and roll to cow funk, they will create a familiar experience for Phans old and new.  IBIS is a 5-piece rock band based out of northwestern Connecticut. Each member has wielded their own distinct musical influences to create an inviting, original sound.   Join us as they kickoff the month of December 2013 at Infinity!

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Blues-Builder Albert Cummings

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By Emily Edelman

I’ve been pondering the phrase “don’t quit your day job.” The expression is usually used when referring to the aspirations of a person who may be better off not pursuing a project that other people deem unorthodox or impractical. And while I admire the ambition involved in chasing a dream, I also think there is nothing wrong with having a day job: it can present the opportunity and capital necessary to chase said dream.

The musical history of bluesman Albert Cummings reads, to me, a bit like a fairy tale. He was introduced to blues via the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan whose backing band, Double Trouble, Cummings eventually opened for. The band was impressed by Cummings’ musicianship and produced and contributed to his first album. Double Trouble’s influence and support led others to discover Cummings’ talents and he has since become well known and respected in the blues music scene.

As well as he has done for himself, music is not Albert Cummings’ only calling; he lives in the town in Massachusetts where he grew up and operates his family’s four-generations-old home-building business. Cummings’ day job has allowed him the freedom to be play music and be creative while offering security and reward of its own, and there’s definitely something to be said for peace of mind.

Albert Cummings has stated before that all of his songs come from his own personal experiences, and you can hear what he’s been up to when he returns to Infinity Hall on October 19.  Tickets are still available here!